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SERF. During the feudal times certain persons who were bound to perform very onerous duties towards others, were so called. Poth. Des Personnes, p. 1, t. 1, a. 6, s. 4. There is this essential difference between a serf and a slave; the serf was bound simply to labor on the soil where he was born, without any right to go elsewhere without the consent of his lord; but he was free to act as he pleased in his daily action: the slave on the contrary is the property of his master, who may require him to act as he pleases in every respect, and who may sell him as a chattel. Lepage, Science du Droit, c. 3, art. 2, Sec. 2.

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He further argues that the abandonment of individualism and classical liberalism inevitably leads to a loss of freedom, the creation of an oppressive society, the tyranny of a dictator and the serfdom of the individual.
In Back on the Road to Serfdom (2010), historian Thomas Woods noted that after the economic collapse of 2008, the government bailouts of Wall Street and the auto industry, the passage of ObamaCare, and the beginning of the Tea Party revolt, The Road to Serfdom "soared to the number-one slot on Amazon.
Hayek's The Road to Serfdom, he writes: "The delegation of particular technical tasks to separate bodies, while a regular feature, is yet the first step by which a democracy progressively relinquishes its powers.
REGARDING the Government's plans to make people work for nothing, our Tory leaders would love to see us return to the days of serfdom.
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He was to make his mark with another book, published as the war was coming to an end, The Road to Serfdom (Hayek, [1944] 2007).
Hayek's The Road to Serfdom while a freshman in high school.
She claimed that Chinese rule had rescued Tibet from thousands of years of feudal serfdom.
1861: Tsar Alexander II signs the emancipation reform into law, abolishing Russian serfdom.
Including works by leading artists of the period such as Repin, Yaroshenko, Makovsky, Kuznetsov and Kasatkin, the 65 paintings selected from the rich collection of The State Russian Museum in St Petersburg reflect the abolition of serfdom and the subsequent period, both of which hold a crucial place in Russian history.
Friedrich Hayek in his classic work The Road to Serfdom contrasted "a country under arbitrary government" from a free country that observes "the great principle known as the Rule of Law.